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The developing portrait of Sarah Palin

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Josh Marshall:

We’ve now had a week of blaring headlines and one-liners about Sarah Palin as the mavericky, pork-busting reformer from Alaska. But we seem to be witnessing the first stirrings of a backlash and a dawning realization that the ‘Sarah Palin’ we’ve heard so much about over the last few days is a fraud of truly comical dimensions.

The McCain camp has made her signature issue shutting down the Bridge to Nowhere. But as The New Republic put it today that’s just “a naked lie.” And pretty much the same thing has been written today in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the AP, the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday even Fox’s Chris Wallace called out Rick Davis on it. (Do send more examples when you find them.)

On earmarks she’s an even bigger crock. On the trail with McCain they’re telling everyone that she’s some kind of earmark slayer when actually, when she was mayor and governor, in both offices, she requested and got more earmarks than virtually any city or state in the country.

Think about that. On the stump, not a single word that comes out of her mouth — or not a single word that the McCain folks put in her mouth — is anything but a lie. I know that sounds like hyperbole. But just go down the list. None of them bear out.

Maybe we’ll get a fuller picture when Palin starts having press conferences in which reporters can ask her questions. I don’t hold much hope for the Charlie Gibson interview, since he was specifically selected because he’s deferential and will not point out (or ask about) material inconsistencies in what he’s told.

Indeed, there’s a funny post by Attaturk on Firedoglake listing the questions he’s likely to ask and those not likely to be asked:

(1) Please tell us a series of tear-jerking stories about your decision to give birth to a Down Syndrome Child.

(2) Why are you so gosh darn popular?

(3) Isn’t it awesome that your are a reformer, with results that I will not require evidence thereof?

(4) How do you feel about Barack Obama not always wearing a flag-pin?

(5) Tell us about your oldest boy serving in Iraq?

(6) How do you stay in such good shape?

(7) Tell us about the time you saved your family from a feral rampaging Moose with just an SUV, an AK-47 and mortar?

(8) Do you find my bluejeans pleasing? It shows that I’m just your average $10 million a year journalist in a staged Alaskan interview.

(9) May I pet your Trig?

(10) Are you up for some drilling?

Questions that will NOT be asked:

(1) Why are you refusing to testify in an investigation of abuse of power now when you promised to testify before?

(2) Why did you inquire into your ability to ban books when you were Mayor?

(3) What books did you want to ban?

(4) Do you believe in the Theory of Evolution? Why or why not?

(5) Why do you opposed abortion even in case of rape or incest?

(6) You’re for “abstinence only” education, did you tell ever think to tell Bristol about the wonders of a third sock?

(7) Why did you say your daughter “chose” to keep her baby when you would prevent anyone else from even having a choice at all?

(8) Tell me what specific decisions you made in regard to the Alaska National Guard?

(9) Tell me why your state’s proximity to Russia gives you particular expertise towards that nation? And while we’re at it, who is the President of say Azerbaijan?

(10) Did you ever attend a convention of the Alaska Independence Party?

(11) Was your husband a member of the Alaska Independence Party? Why? And why did you address their recent convention given their secessionist views?

(12) Do you believe in converting gays through prayer?

(13) Why were you in attendance at a church where the leader of Jews for Jesus excused bombings against Israelis because they had yet to accept Jesus?

(14) Why did you not walk out or protest? Do you believe this to be true?

(15) Seriously, what’s up with you and cats? Are you going to get Bill Frist a cabinet position?

(16) How’d you get that “per diem” money for staying home in your employment contract with Alaska? I’ve got to get that clause in my next contract. I’d like to bill ABC for those times when I’m not working but sleeping. In fact, I’m sleeping through this interview right now, ka-ching!

(17) When you were Mayor of Wasilla, did your town charge rape victims for their own forensic examinations?

Written by Leisureguy

9 September 2008 at 11:45 am

Posted in GOP

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  1. I am amused that her group of friends are known as the “elite 6” — and here I thought she was again elitists!

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    TYD

    9 September 2008 at 2:21 pm


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